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Drum lines removed, but sharks still not safe

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 30 Apr 2014

Australian Greens said they were pleased that today is the last day of the cruel and indiscriminate use of the drum lines along the Western Australian coast.

"The removal of the drum lines from WA's coast will mean that Australia's unique and vulnerable marine life will have a reprieve from the senseless slaughter that Premier Barnett's shark cull had caused" said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson.

"This cull is deeply unpopular in WA, people know it is damaging to our marine life and want to see it ended.

"To date, the Federal Government has done little other than rubber-stamp this cull. They have failed to hold Colin Barnett to account for the policy's failure and the significant number of sharks that have been killed or injured." said Senator Siewert.

"While I am relieved that our precious marine life will be safe from the brutal and foolish cull for the time being I am deeply concerned that the WA Government is seeking to extend this cruel policy for a further three years.

"I urge the Minister for the Environment to listen to the science and a very concerned community and not allow the further destruction of our marine life.

"I can assure the Prime Minister and the Barnett Government that West Australians will continue the fight to protect our marine environment.

"The Greens will continue to hold the state and federal government to account for this cruel and unnecessary cull." Senator Siewert concluded.

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